Gut Rumbles

August 26, 2004

throw her off a bridge

One reason I visit overlawyered every day is to read stories such as this one. A woman tosses her 17 month-old baby off a 150-foot high bridge and then sues the bridge owner for causing HER "stress." My aching ass.

VANCOUVER - Nadia Hama, who dropped her infant daughter from the Capilano Suspension Bridge nearly five years ago, is pressing ahead with a suit against the operators of the privately owned tourist attraction.

Hama cannot hold down a job in Toronto and suffers ongoing emotional stress because of the negative publicity still surrounding her case, her lawyer says.

She received "negative publicity" for throwing her daughter off a bridge? I certainly HOPE so. She deserves it.

Hama blames the operators for causing the 1999 bridge incident that garnered international media attention when North Vancouver police suggested Hama be charged in the case.

She claims she stumbled accidentally and the child slipped from her grasp, tumbling over the narrow footbridge's low railing.

Hama's daughter Kaya, then 17 months old, miraculously survived the plunge after tree branches broke her 150-foot fall into the rocky canyon.

I don't buy that story. No caring mother (or father for that matter) is going to allow a 17 month-old child to slip from their grasp on a 150-foot tall bridge and fall without going right over the side after the child.

Hama launched a lawsuit against Capilano Suspension Bridge Holdings Ltd. in September 2001.

She claimed it was negligent in failing to warn the public not to carry children across the narrow bridge, that the bridge is "inherently unstable and dangerous" and that signs should be posted warning visitors to watch their step while crossing the bridge, which sways at times.

Sweet Bejus! What else did the bridge owners forget to do? Post a sign saying "IT'S A LONG WAY DOWN!!!" to warn people that they were crossing a 150' tall bridge? I may be old fashioned, but I believe that people should figure that stuff out by looking at the bridge, and anybody who CAN'T probably wouldn't read the goddam signs anyway.

Yeah. I chunked my baby off a bridge, but it's all YOUR FAULT.


I remember that quite well and I still think she did it on purpose.

Posted by: big al on August 26, 2004 01:07 PM

"No caring mother (or father for that matter) is going to allow a 17 month-old child to slip from their grasp on a 150-foot tall bridge and fall without going right over the side after the child."

That's the truth right there. I'd make a bungi cord from my own guts to save one of my boys.

Posted by: Ogre on August 26, 2004 01:23 PM

This 'lady ' is looking for some ca$h, thats all. Some slick lawyer (imagine that) read this story and has sought her out so he could line his pockets. Emotional stress and negative publicity my ass.

Posted by: Ames on August 26, 2004 01:46 PM

By now, you ought to be able to recognize a female psychopath when you see one, Rob.

Posted by: Juliette on August 26, 2004 02:45 PM

TOUCHE! That was a good one, baldy!

Posted by: Acidman on August 26, 2004 03:09 PM

"... which sways at times."

I've been to that bridge. Having a bit of a problem with heights, I decided not to cross it. But you'd have to be freakin' blind not to see that the damn thing sways. And you'd have to be an idiot to *not* know that it was "inherently unstable." All you have to do is stand at the end of the bridge and watch.

In case anyone is interested, here's what the bridge looks like (sorry for the large image, I just uploaded it from my scan without any cropping):

Posted by: Aubrey Turner on August 26, 2004 05:59 PM

Hey, I didn't even drop MY kid. EEEEE HEEEEE! Time for another sleepover!

Posted by: "M. Jackson" on August 26, 2004 07:39 PM

in yosemite national forest, there is a trail to the edge of a waterfall that i no longeer recall the name of. at the top, thee is a sign that says...

if you fall, you will die.

for some reason, this story brought it to mind.

Posted by: a_possible_madman on August 26, 2004 08:00 PM

I've been to the bridge as well and second everything Aubrey says above. She chucked the kid on purpose.

Posted by: DocJeff on August 26, 2004 09:22 PM

No 17 month old could get over that handrail without help. We ought to help the bridge owners fight this psycobitch. Juliette is correct, this fruitloop is a sociopath.

*Her*..... "damn kid didn't fucking DIE? I'll SUE these bastards for not making a bridge where I could kill this little shit ! If I have to go on living with this little brat I want a Big Pile Of Dough Dambit!"

Posted by: wes jackson on August 27, 2004 12:16 AM

Gee, Mr. Turner, quite a bucolic scene, with the trees and all. That looks like a right stout bridge to me. When I was a Boy Scout we built a suspension bridge with one foot rope and two hand ropes, and didn't fall off. (It was just 10 feet up, but still...)

I mean, I have not the slightest head for heights, whatsoever. I have seen my female neighbors get rather obsessively protective about their very young children; I would think that any normal Mommy would hold her infant right tight if she felt queasy/threatened/endangered in any way?

Nah. The gal is nuts.

Posted by: Justthisguy on August 27, 2004 01:23 AM
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